SellSTEM has 15 early stage researchers (ESRs), that are employed by a university and registered on a PhD program. Εach ESR conduct an individual research project at doctoral level. There are 5 ESRs in each research WP. All positions - ESR1 to ESR15 - are described below.
Work package 3, Cognition, will focus on how to measure spatial ability throughout childhood, how nature and nurture contribute to spatial ability, how language can be used to understand spatial ability and how spatial ability varies by age, gender, SES and region across Europe
Work package 4, Development, will examine how spatial ability can be developed through activities that are separate and integrated with STEM learning and will also look at design learning and STEM outreach activities can be adapted to encourage spatial ability development.
Work package 5, Pedagogy, will examine the barriers and enablers to embedding greater amounts of spatial ability development into teaching practice and how to facilitate professional development among teachers to achieve this goal.